Feeling Stressed?

Feeling Stressed?

Much has been written about stress – what it is, indicators, why it occurs, how to manage it, etc – and when I started researching the many and varied definitions of stress I got 580,000,000 hits on my initial google search! Talk about stressful … !

Yet with all the information and help available today, it would seem that we are more stressed than ever. According to some recent research here in Australia: “Young adults 18 to 25 years of age reported significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression than the general population.” (Ref: The Australian Psychological Society)

Other research done by Medibank tells us: “Australian employees are absent for an average of 3.2 working days each year through stress. This workplace stress costs the Australian economy approximately $14.81 billion.” (Ref: Medibank)

So what’s going on?

My take on all of this is that many people just don’t get the power and possibility of our own minds, hearts and souls to consciously, consistently and effectively respond to what’s really going on, moment by moment from love. We are so scared of what we really feel that we distract ourselves with all the “stuff’ going on outside us to avoid going within and dealing with our own fearful thinking and feelings.

Stress is not a feeling. It’s a convenient catch-bucket response to the question: “How are you going?” or “How are you feeling?” and that sums up the source of the problem … your own thinking mind. If you are feeling “stressed” it’s because you keep agreeing with your infernal, internal, ego-mind that keeps you focused on the past (“remember when …’) or projected into the future (“what if …”) and there is no peace or joy in either location!

Time to move on. Let go of the past and the future and BE. HERE. NOW.

Stop and breathe … and breathe … and breathe.

Let yourself BE while you observe the thoughts and the feelings. Let the energy move through you rather than attach to you and breathe … breathe … breathe.

Keep breathing until you feel the energy shift … it will and so will you.

Love Lorna

If you do not go within, you go without.

Neale Donald Walsch

Stress Crash Miracles!

Stress Crash Miracles!

One moment’s loss of focus, a few seconds of being distracted and the sound of metal on metal was deafening … I had just pulled out of a parking space (in my Mum’s car) and hit another car. It happened so fast it took my breath away. Luckily for all concerned no damage was done to any living thing but the cars were both a bit of a mess. I realised fairly quickly that this stress crash was a wake up call. Time to stop and really acknowledge (and feel!) how much stress I had been creating for myself over the past few months. I thought I was handling it all really well. I felt quite well physically and although I knew I was anxious, I kept telling myself to “let go … and breathe …” and it worked … until the day I hit another car! No amount of letting go and breathing could unhappen what had now happened …

The effects of the stress crash kept rolling on for the next few days … I hurt my back clearing out the car so the tow truck could take it away, I stubbed my toes (hard) when running for the phone to tell my Mum I had totalled her car and then I left the house (to catch the bus) without my keys and for some hours retraced my steps anxiously looking for them!

I had booked in to see one of my counsellors a few weeks previously when I recognised I was stuck in “worry mode“. I was feeling anxious and distracted and nothing I did was making any real difference, so I was glad the first appointment was imminent.
When I arrived for my session the lifts weren’t working properly and after much waiting and waiting I finally got there … late. I was feeling frustrated and upset as I collapsed into the chair and proceeded to unload for about 3 minutes … then I was given a fluffy pink halo to put on my head as my counsellor said … “Lighten up! It doesn’t matter … stop taking it all so seriously.” I burst out laughing and we were on our way.

At the end of the session I felt different … more present, in my body and able to breathe and be, rather than stuck in my mind. I shared that I was aware of being more spacious and my counsellor asked me to notice what was different over the next week, rather than focussing on all the stuff that wasn’t. The last thing my counsellor said to me was: “Enjoy all the miracles, no matter how small they seem … they are everywhere …”

We walked out to the foyer, I pressed the lift button and the lift door opened immediately … then we both started laughing.

Love Lorna

When you realise how perfect everything is
you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.


Toxic Worrying

Toxic Worrying

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Worrying is the most toxic thing you can do to your body. Your stress and worry level will profoundly affect how you show up on the planet as well as your health or lack thereof. This insightful video will inform you of one of the most powerful things you can do to begin letting go of worry and stress.

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